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July 6, 2021

Greater Numbers of People in the US Are Living With Vision Loss

JAMA. 2021;326(1):19. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.10483

An analysis in JAMA Ophthalmology found that more than 7 million people in the US are living with uncorrectable vision loss and blindness, substantially more than the previously estimated 4.2 million.

In 2017, 7.08 million people had vision loss, including 1.08 million people living with blindness. Individuals younger than 40 years accounted for about 23% of people with vision loss or blindness, or 1.62 million people. Five percent of all people with uncorrectable impaired vision lived in group settings, such as nursing homes and prisons.